Second-half surge powers No. 14 Union to 107-82 AAC win

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – K.J. Duronslet recorded his ninth double-double of the season in leading No. 14 Union College to a 107-82 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) victory over visiting Columbia International University (S.C.) on Wednesday.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 19-6 overall and 14-4 in the AAC, while the Rams fall to 14-11 overall and 9-10 in conference play.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures with Duronslet setting the pace with a season-high 30 points, putting him one shy of his career-high.

TURNING POINT

Union never trailed but had a time of shaking Columbia International in the first half. The Bulldogs opened the game 4-for-4 from the floor in racing to a 9-0 lead. Yet, the Rams rallied and tied the score twice with the final time coming at 26-all with 9:06 to go in the period.

The Bulldogs steadily began to give themselves some breathing room, taking a 47-35 advantage following back-to-back buckets from DeMarkus Loman. Union went on to take a 48-40 halftime lead.

The second half was all Union as it opened play with a 31-5 stretch in building a 79-45 cushion at the 12:50 mark. Columbia International never got the margin below 22 the rest of the way as Union walked with the 107-82 victory.

BULLDOG OF THE GAME

Duronslet hit 11-of-16 shots and sank 8-of-9 free throws in posting his game-high 30 points. He also hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double. The senior also had four assists, two steals, and a block.

STAT OF THE GAME

The Bulldogs dominated the glass, outrebounding the Rams 47-29. This marks the eighth time this season Union has posted a rebounding advantage of 10 or more.

BULLDOG NOTES

Joining Duronslet in double figures are Lance Blakley (19 points), Derek Morgan (18 points), and Loman (10 points).

Morgan connected on 7-of-10 shots from the floor.

Blakley and Loman matched their season-high for assists with six apiece.

Union hit 54.9 percent (39-of-71 shots) from the field and connected on 22-of-30 (73.3 percent) free throws.

Columbia International shot nearly as well from the 3-point line (10-for-20) as it did from the foul line (14-of-24).

This marks the sixth time this season Union cracked the century mark.

NEXT FOR THE BULLDOGS

Union travels to Reinhardt University (Ga.) on Saturday for another AAC affair. Game time is set for 4 p.m.



 
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